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Planning for Sustainable Cities videos

Earth Charter International Secretariat created a series of videos on: Planning for Sustianable Cities, with Gwendolyn Hallsmith.

Gwendolyn Hallsmith is the founder and Executive Director of Global Community Initiatives (GCI). She has over 25 years of experience working with municipal, regional, and state government in the United States and internationally.  She learned about the Earth Charter in 2001, and since then, has been an actively promoting the use of the Earth Charter in city planning processes.

She was part of the committee that created EarthCAT:  Guide to Community Development, which is a methodology that cities can use to infuse the principles of sustainability contained in the Earth Charter in their master plans.

Find the three video interview with Gwendolyn in this link:

 

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Recycling and Solidarity Campaign in Peru #ChapaTuAyuda

Chapa tu ayuda Peru 3Rockea is an organization that aim at empowering youth in Peru since 2011. In 2018, in addition to joining the Earth Charter Global Network as an affiliated organization, they launched the #ChapaTuAyuda project, which aims to generate training opportunities in Solidarity, Recycling and Leadership.

#ChapaTuAyuda is a project based on recycling of plastic caps. The Higher Education Institute Cibertec us supporting this project, supporting students involvement in this volunteer program, and offering their facilities for training activities about #ChapaTuAyuda, Earth Charter and Rockea ©.

#ChapaTuAyuda is Solidarity. We continue working with patients affected by Butterfly Skin or Epidermolysis Bullosa disease, at the National Institute of Child Health, an institution that has been working on the subject for the last 23 years.

#ChapaTuAyuda is Leadership. Aware that many of our current problems are the product of the lack of training in community leadership, as well as the lack of tools for solving problems, we are working to start a cycle of training focused on community leaders in August 2019.

#ChapaTuAyuda is Education. We work with education institutions promoting awareness about waste management, to make people think in practical terms about how to minimize their impact on the ecosystem and how everything is related.

#ChapaTuAyuda campaign asks people to collect plastic caps with the purpose of recycling them and in turn, use them to help others, becoming a powerful tool for social transformation.

If you want to know more about #ChapaTuHelp communicate with:
Rodolfo Ponce De León rodolfo@rockea.pe

 

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Teacher training to UNESCO Associated Schools- Costa Rica

The Earth Charter Center of Education for Sustainable Development, through the UNESCO Chair of Education for Sustainable Development supported the course called Educating for Sustainability with the Earth Charter, offered by UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network of Costa Rica (ASPnet).

This course took place on 10 -11 May 2018, the Earth Charter Center coordinated the first day of the course, the second day was a field visit to a farm of the National Electricity Company of Costa Rica (CNFL).

Thirty teachers from all over Costa Rica, rural and urban, and from public and private educational centers participated.

The main objective of the course was to offer basic training on the philosophical and ethical principles of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) with which ASPnet works, using the Earth Charter, an ethical framework recognized by UNESCO for the development of ESD worldwide.

On the first day of the course, activities were carried out to expand knowledge about the concept of sustainability and systems thinking. The ESD policy framework was presented, and activities were carried out to introduce the principles of the Earth Charter. The course was highly participatory, in order to seek a joyful process for the participants.

The Earth Charter Center has been for several years offering this training in support of the UNESCO Associated Schools Network.

 

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Earth Charter International and Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, Join Forces to Foster Excellence in Education

ESDSan José, Costa Rica, 21 June 2018. As we celebrate the Summer solstice, we welcome a new partnership between Earth Charter International and Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), International Honor Society in Education.

With both organizations working for many years in the field of quality education and dedicated to supporting teachers, it was only a matter of time for them to meet and join forces. The partnership envisions collaboration on Education for Sustainable Development Programmes articulated in the Earth Charter values.

Through this partnership, members of Kappa Delta Pi will have special access to the Earth Charter materials, which they can use in their schools and universities to increase their capacity to incorporate the “knowledge, values, and skills needed for a sustainable way of life” into their teaching.

Logo KDPKDP Executive Director Faye Snodgress shared,”KDP supports educators throughout all phases of their teaching careers by offering a variety of programmes, services, and resources. The cooperation with Earth Charter International provides our members with knowledge and tools they can use to advance awareness and action for sustainable learning and living.”

EC International logo peq“Partnering with KDP, an organization committed to the values of both the UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Development and the Earth Charter,” said Earth Charter Executive Director Marian Vilela, “makes it possible to reach thousands of teachers and help them in their professional development to support the transition to sustainable ways of living on the planet.”

For more information, contact irma[@]earthcharter.org or faye[@]kdp.org

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About Earth Charter:
The Earth Charter is an ethical framework for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society in the 21st century. It seeks to inspire a new sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility for the well-being of the whole human family, the greater community of life, and future generations. The Earth Charter provides a valuable educational instrument. It encourages  to search for common ground in the midst of our diversity and to embrace a global ethic that is shared by an ever-growing number of people.

About Kappa Delta Pi (www.kdp.org):
Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), International Honor Society in Education, was founded in 1911 at the University of Illinois to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching. As a professional membership association and international honor society in education, KDP provides programs, services, and resources to its member educators to support and enhance their professional growth—all in an effort to advance quality education for all and to inspire teachers to prepare all learners for future challenges. With more than 650 active chapters and nearly 40,000 active members, the organization has seen great accomplishments and milestones in its 107-year history and is looking forward to a future where all children receive a quality education.

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The Earth Charter in the Republic of Tatarstan

By: Maksim Lavrik (Russia), Earth Charter International Secretariat.

Tatarstan 1The Republic of Tatarstan, which is one of the subjects  of the Russian Federation, provides an example of a comprehensive implementation of the principles of the Earth Charter and its idea of local and global interlinkages reflected in the Preamble of the document.

In 2001, the State Council, which is the Parliament of the Republic of Tatarstan, adopted the Earth Charter as a reference for the territory of the Republic. Since then, the legislation of the Republic has incorporated the provisions of the Earth Charter, they became a normative guidelines of activities of local authorities, civil society, and municipalities.

Tatarstan 3The Environmental Code of the Republic, in its Art. 3, establishes that nature conservation and nature management in the Republic implements the federal legislation and the principles of the Code, taking into consideration the provisions of the Earth Charter.

Authorities of the Republic responsible for the education in the region also implement the provisions of the Charter. The Ministry of Education and Science catalyzes and monitors the information from municipal educational institutions that are participating in the implementation of the Earth Charter.

Tatarstan 10The Ministry provides educational institutions and territorial authorities with information on the Earth Charter and encourages them to use the document in their everyday work, to raise awareness of the principles of the Charter among students and their parents, to include key Earth Charter concepts and themes in programmes of round tables and conferences.

The Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources works in involving the public in environmental education. Thus, in 2017 the Ministry organized 3 500 ecological workshops, and the competition “EcoSpring” involving 1 200 000 residents of Tatarstan, in cooperation with the Tatarstan branch of the Russian Geographical Society the Ministry organized different events such as rafting on rivers and other water bodies, cycling marathon within the framework of the action “A Day Without a Car”.

In 2016, the capital of the Republic – Kazan, hosted an international conference on the implementation of the Earth Charter Principles in Tatarstan. The conference was devoted to the 15th Anniversary of the adoption of the Charter in Tatarstan.

Tatarstan 2Raising awareness of the Earth Charter principles is one of the aims of annual regional competition “ECOleader”. The state authorities of the Republic organize the competition and receive diverse nominations among companies, educational organizations, municipalities, NGOs, citizens and Media.

The Cabinet of the Ministers of Tatarstan invites public organizations to submit project proposals that seek financial support for the implementation of Earth Charter principles. One of them is the nomination “The Republic of Tatarstan is the territory of realization of the principles of the Earth Charter”.

The Public Chamber of the Republic of Tatarstan, which is a forum for the public participation in the region combines authorities, citizens and NGOs, also focuses on the implementation of the principles of the Earth Charter. Thus, the Public Chamber, in association with the Academy of Science of the Republic of Tatarstan, organized in 2016 the conference for young people devoted to the Earth Charter.

Tatarstan 4The municipalities of Tatarstan also launched different projects related to the Earth Charter. For instance, Almetyevsky Municipal District organized the competition for local Media on the best coverage of environmental issues with the aim of stimulating the implementation of the principles of the Earth Charter in the district.

One of the large-scale events in Almetyevsky Municipal District was the greening of the district. Residents of the district planted 12,500 seedlings within the all-Russian action “Live, the Forest!” Every year, the action “Let’s Save A Tree Together” is held, during which more than two thousand residents in exchange for wastepaper were distributed 50 thousand seedlings of cedar, fir, oak, maple, spruce and larch. As a result, 6.5 tons of wastepaper was collected. In total, the district planted more than 60 000 trees in 2017.

Tatarstan 5Naming geographical objects after the Earth Charter, which also raises awareness of the document in the region, occupies a special place among the activities in Tatarstan that are seeking the promotion and implementation of the Earth Charter. Thus, the gymnasium # 7 of Kazan initiated the opening of a square named after the Earth Charter.

The social movement  “Tatarstan – New Century”, organized in 1999 and involving 45 territorial organizations, 12 NGOs and more than 110 000 individuals  is active in promoting the implementation of the Earth Charter principles. Thus, the movement organizes the following activities:

This effort, seeks to identify, stimulate and support the most creative teachers who promote the ideas of the Earth Charter. The movement annually holds a contest for the best project “Earth is Our Home” in the framework of the School Teachers Festival in Elabuga. The Festival has already become an international event. It united teachers-innovators of the Republic of Tatarstan and other regions of the Russian Federation.

Tatarstan 6In 2016, the Movement implemented an “Earth Charter”, multi-level scientific and educational project within the framework of which a number of activities were carried out including the Republican competition “The Second Life of Waste”.

The revival of previously functioning and now neglected springs and the preservation of fresh water sources and further careful treatment of them – are other activities of the movement that seeks the implementation of specific Earth Charter principles, such as Principle 5c on promotion of the recovery of endangered ecosystems, Principle 5e on managing the use of renewable resources such as water, soil, forest products, and marine life, and Principle 9a on guaranteeing the right to potable water, clean air, food security, uncontaminated soil, shelter, and safe sanitation, allocating the national and international resources required.

Tatarstan 9The social movement “Tatarstan – New Century” organized various events engaging youth in being aware and in implementing Principle 4b “Transmit to future generations values, traditions, and institutions that support the long-term flourishing of Earth’s human and ecological communities”, Principle 11 “Affirm gender equality and equity as prerequisites to sustainable development and ensure universal access to education, health care, and economic opportunity” and Principle 16a “Encourage and support mutual understanding, solidarity, and cooperation among all peoples and within and among nations”.

Thus, the movement received a grant from the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Tatarstan “To live, to create in harmony and peace” and organized events in social shelters for children.

Tatarstan 8In order to implement Principle 7e of the Earth Charter “Ensure universal access to health care that fosters reproductive health and responsible reproduction” and  Principle 8c “Ensure that information of vital importance to human health and environmental protection, including genetic information, remains available in the public domain”, the movement also promotes the value of healthy lifestyle by carrying out different events. One of them is setting the goal of a “Healthy Life!”

Acknowledgements
Earth Charter International Secretariat would like to thank the First Deputy Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Tatarstan R.I. Kamalov, the Deputy of the State Council of the Republic of Tatarstan E.A. Minakova, the Head of the Department of Environmental Education and Interaction with Public Organizations of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Tatarstan Y. M. Shigapova and the Leading expert of the Department O.V. Artemyeva, the Head of the Executive Committee of the Almetyevsky Municipal District M.N. Girfanov and the Director of the Department of Ecology and Nature Management of Almetyevsky Municipal District A.R. Iskhakov for their assistance and support in writing the article.

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Articles: The Earth Charter as a tool for education on all types of justice

Graphic ECNelly Kostoulas-Makrakis, Associate professor of Teaching Methodology and Education for Sustainable Development at the University of Crete, is not only an Earth Charter Friend, but also very active using the Earth Charter in her teachings. She challenges her students to engage in all types of sustainability justice, as described in the Earth Charter.

Through Prof. Kostaulas-Makrakis, we received two very interesting articles from her hand in which she explains very well why the EC is valuable in teachings, how it can be applied, and what a difference using the principles can make in people’s everyday life and the choices people make. The first article is titled ¨The Earth Charter through the Lenses of Sustainability Justice¨, and it was written for the Ninth International Conference in Open & Distance Learning, held in November 2017 in Athens, Greece.

The second paper is called ¨Integrating Sustainable Happiness in pre-Service Teacher Training Enabled through the Earth Charter Lenses¨.

Building on Mirian Vilela’s (2014:xxxiii) statement “… the transformation we all seek and that will make a just, sustainable, and peaceful world will require that we reconnect our inner selves with the larger community of life, through both a change of mind and a change of heart”; Prof. Kostoulas-Makrakis explains how merging the Head, the Heart, and the Hand responds to the need for adopting a holistic approach to teaching and learning to live together sustainably (Kostoulas-Makrakis, 2014). The head is about cognitive function and being logical, while the heart is about affective function, ethics, values, emotions, feelings, and the hands are about human agency, which is the disposition and ability to act as agents of change.

Especially for people working in the field of education, it is highly recommended to read these articles and use the information to help finding methods of implementing the principles of the Earth Charter for educational purposes.

A very special thank you to Nelly Kostoulas-Makrakis for sharing both articles.

Download here both articles.

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International Congress on Habitat and Sustainable Cities GBCCR 2018

17 – 18 May 2018, Costa Rica.

Green Building 2Forty-five presenters in the field of Sustainable Urban Development gathered to share their expertise and vision on the current and future life in cities during the 5th Congress of Sustainable Cities organized by the Green Building Council Costa Rica (GBCCR). Many emerging challenges and solutions in urban development were pointed out, especially given the rapid growing urban population and the pressure it generates on natural resources use. All agreed on the fact that we need to stop working in silo’s, create multi-stakeholders alliances, start sharing knowledge and find ways to cooperate to transform urban area’s into vibrant, safe, livable cities.

 

City of Love

At the opening session, the President of the Green Building Council, Mr. Tai Lee Siang said that building innovation should focus on zero waste and the basic understanding of the broad vision of sustainability. At the end, he presented key ideas of his book ‘Cities of love’, in which he makes a point that if we love something, we care for it. “If we love our city, we will care for it as we do for our family.” Mr. Tai Lee Siang stressed the importance of constant feedback loop between the users, the builders and all those involved in a development project.

The morning session also counted with a speech by the new first lady of Costa Rica, Claudia Dobles (architect and urban planner), who reaffirmed her determination to help address the challenges of public transportation and mobility in San Jose. She stressed a number of key ideas on the importance of better articulation, cooperation and true commitments of both the public and the private sector. She said that “we need to rethink how we design urban planning… and the vision of the city we want…. we have to consider cities as instruments to generate employment and to address social inequalities”.

Green Building 3Several presenters emphasized the importance to move ahead towards the vision of “smart cities” as a place that seeks the quality of life of its inhabitants and that considers the interconnectedness of various sectors.

Earth Charter

Among the Sustainability experts was Mirian Vilela, Executive Director of the Earth Charter International Center on Education for Sustainable Development. At the closing plenary, she talked about the excitement many feel when they arrive in a big city until you realize the huge number of people consuming water, food, energy and generating waste in such a condensed space and short time. Mirian emphasized the need for long-term urban planning and visioning through a broad sustainability and values-based approach. She shared a few examples of cities that have used the Earth Charter as a road map for their policy design and urban planning. She encouraged participants to consider these examples and use the Earth Charter as an ethical framework for sustainable urban development and as a compass when seeking to transform cities into centers of innovation.

Irma Verhoeven, Programme and Partnership Development manager at the Earth Charter International Secretariat and project manager at the World of Walas (author of the Earth Charter Cities Manifesto) shared the techniques Walas’ uses to transform old industrial areas into vibrant neighborhoods. These techniques are based on the values described in the Earth Charter.

The Weight of Cities

Green Building 1Adriana Zacarias (Regional Coordinator of Resource Efficiency sub-programme at UNEP at the Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean) presented a summary of the UN Environment report “The Weight of Cities” at the opening plenary.

During the session ‘Smart Cities II’ Prof. Mark Swilling of the Stellenbosch University in South Africa, presented details of the findings of this important research study on Requirements for Future Urbanization. The UNEP report is a ‘must read’ for everyone, especially in the work field of Sustainable Development. Find here the link to both the summary as well as the full report.

¨We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to shift this expected urbanization on to a more environmentally sustainable and socially just path. Decisions made today on urbanization and land-use models, as well as on critical infrastructure, will determine whether our investments are future-proof, or whether they lock us on to an unsustainable path.¨

To achieve a transition to low-carbon, resource-efficient, socially just cities, the report recommends:

  •  Monitoring the flow of resources entering and leaving the cities to understand the local situation and to help develop resource-efficient strategies.
  •  Planning cities to have:
  • Compact growth, to avoid urban sprawl and so economize on the square kilometres of asphalt, the concrete, the electricity and the water wasted in spread-out cities.
  • Better connections by efficient and affordable public transport (e.g. light rail, bus rapid transit).
  • Liveable neighbourhoods where design encourages people to walk or cycle.
  • Resource-efficient urban components, such as car sharing, electric vehicles and charging point networks, efficient energy, efficient waste and water systems, smart grids, cycle paths, energy-efficient buildings, new heating, cooling and lighting technology, etc.
  • Infrastructure for cross-sector efficiency, such as using waste heat from industry in district energy systems and industrial waste materials in construction, such as fly-ash bricks.
  •  Establishing a new model for city governance and politics that supports imaginative business propositions and experimentation.

In conclusion

Although there are many good examples of sustainability urban planning, broadly, urban planning and cities are still being managed with fragmented, short-term and unsustainable approaches. Cities generate an incredible pressure on natural resources. Therefore, educating the general public, policy makers and builders on the basic understanding of sustainability and the true value of green building is essential. It is safe to say that the CICS2018 conference offered high quality information presented by key experts working on the transformation toward Sustainable Cities.

For more information on this Congress click here.

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Presentation by ECI Affiliate in Earth Day Conference in USA

Noticia Earth Day Conference 3On April 23, Alejandro Meitin, founder of Ala Plástica, director of Casa Río Argentina and Earth Charter Affiliate, made a presentation at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States, on occasion of the 12th Earth Day Conference.

This panel called “Stories, aesthetics and transformation politics” addressed the question: How does narrative, aesthetic and political work change conversations about environmental issues and what we consider “environmental”?

Noticia Earth Day Conference 1Considering that journalism, film, and stage art are used to convey and illustrate the interconnectedness of humanity with nature, in interesting and sometimes powerful ways, the tools and forms of expression have evolved, but the desire to celebrate, protect, understand and communicate the connection of humanity with the Earth and the responsibility for it remains constant.

Also participating were Justin Gillis, editor of The New York Times on environmental issues, filmmaker Emmanuel Urey, and cultural critic and artist Brian Holmes. On that occasion, Alejandro spoke about the Earth Charter and took the opportunity to disseminate it through the different moments in which he presented.

During his presentation, Alejandro emphasized, “Art is a vehicle for the construction of new imaginaries that feed the symbolic magmas that stimulate human action.” This is a decisive moment for artists of all branches to incorporate and find inspiration in the values of the Earth Charter, collaborating in the deconstruction of the self-destructive myths that guide the destiny of humanity. ”

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Earth Day Conference

12th Annual Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

Let’s Talk About the Environment: Storytelling, Aesthetics, and the Politics of Transformation

Monday, April 23, 2018
Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center
University of Wisconsin – Madison

Noticia Earth Day Conference 2Artists, writers, and activists provide narratives for understanding environmental complexity.

The tools and forms of expression have evolved, but the desire to celebrate, protect, understand, and communicate humanity’s connection to and responsibility for the Earth remains constant.

How does narrative, aesthetic, and political work shift conversations about environmental issues and what we consider to be “environmental”? Journalism, film, and performance art are all used to convey and illustrate the interconnectedness of humanity to nature in interesting, and sometimes powerful ways.

MODERATOR: Alexandra LaKind, Doctoral Student, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, UW-Madison

Justin Gillis, former New York Times editor and environmental reporter

Brian Holmes, Professor of Philosophy, The European Graduate School

Alejandro Meitin, artist, lawyer, environmental activist and co-founder of the art collective Ala Plástica

Emmanuel Urey, Doctoral Student, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, UW-Madison

More details at:

https://www.nelson.wisc.edu/events/earth-day/2018/index.php

https://www.nelson.wisc.edu/about/nelson-legacy.php

https://nelson.wisc.edu/events/earth-day/2018/speakers.php

 

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UNGA Resolution moves ahead France proposal for a Global Pact for the Environment

IMG_9425On June 2017, the government of France introduced a draft of a Global Pact for the Environment as a proposal for a new legally binding instrument on the principles of international environmental law. It took less than a year after that for the United Nations General Assembly to agree to move forward on a process to develop and agree on such a Pact. This demonstrates an exceptional leadership and diplomatic skills of the French government.

On 10 May 2018, the UN General Assembly adopted the resolution “Towards a Global Pact for the Environment” (document A/72/L.51) with 143 votes in favor for the document, while just six countries voted against and six others abstained.  This effort received an almost unanimous support. The resolution opens the way for the negotiation of this new Pact and establishes an ad hoc working group to identify gaps in international environmental law. The sessions of the ad hoc working group will be open for all member states and relevant NGOs.

While French representative F. Delattre, claims that it is time to take on new responsibilities, the representatives of the countries voting against the resolution believed that there are enough agreements and policies and the need is to focus on the implementation and better articulation of existing instruments.

IMG_9424Thus, Russia and Philippines highlighted the role of the 2030 Agenda as already existing comprehensive framework. Russian representative, S. Kononuchenko, pointed out that we already have more than 1,000 instruments to protect the environment and the focus should be on their implementation instead of creation of new ones. The representative of the United States, M. Simonoff, claimed that this initiative should not disrupt existing environment commitments and the wording of the document should not prejudice the discussions.

As stated in the Earth Charter, “In order to build a sustainable global community, the nations of the world must renew their commitment to the United Nations, fulfill their obligations under existing international agreements, and support the implementation of Earth Charter principles with an international legally binding instrument on environment and development.”

In this context, creation of the working group for the identification of gaps and challenges in current regime for the protection of the environment is a welcome development. Nevertheless, the task should combine the work under the new resolution with the aim to enhance mechanisms of implementation (and better coordination) of existing instruments.

This effort builds on the outstanding work IUCN has developed over the years in drafting the IUCN Covenant on Environment and Development, the 2004 IUCN Resolution on the Earth Charter and the 2016 IUCN World Declaration on the Environmental Rule of Law.

There is no doubt there are synergies between the Global Pact and the Earth Charter. Hopefully, the Global Pact process will adopt explicit language on ecological integrity and strong sustainability. In 2012, a study was conducted to find the links between principles of the Earth Charter and International Law instruments. This publication was the basis of a doctoral research developed by Maria Elisa Febres. This document can be found by clicking here.

Click here for more information on the UN General Assembly Resolution adopted last week.

See the resolution adopted here.

See previous article on the Global Pact for the Environment and Its Overlap with the Earth Charter.

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“It Starts with One!”—Seeds of Hope Exhibition Shown at FAO HQ in Rome and Launch of New Mapting Version 2.0

Rome, Italy, April 3–5, 2018

Photo 1The exhibition titled “Seeds of Hope: Visions of Sustainability, Steps Toward Change,” a colorful display showing how one person’s actions can make a difference, was shown in the David Lubin Memorial Library at the Headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome, Italy, from April 3 to 5.

The 24-panel Seeds of Hope exhibition, a joint initiative of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) and Earth Charter International (ECI), was shown as an official side event at the Second International Symposium on Agroecology.

Photo 2The main speaker at the April 3 opening ceremony was FAO Deputy Director-General for Climate and Natural Resources Maria Helena Semedo, who commented, “Seeds of Hope is a very inspiring theme . . . we at FAO often focus on larger-scale actions, but this exhibition reminds us that many times scale starts at the individual level. I am inspired by the real-life testimonials in this exhibit.”

Other speakers included Apostolic Nuncio H.E. Silvano M. Tomási, ECI Council Member Alide Roerink and SGI Director General of Peace and Global Issues Hirotsugu Terasaki.

Photo 3The Seeds of Hope exhibition has been seen by more than seven million people in 39 different countries and territories, and translated into 14 languages. The panels can be viewed here.

During this opening event the launch of the new version of Mapting 2.0 was announced. Mapting is a free tool that invites users to look for everyday actions that people can take to help to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). While learning more about the SDGs users can find out which Earth Charter Principles are linked to each SDG. Mapting was officially launched at an event called “Youth Boosting the Promotion and Implementation of the SDGs” held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on November 10, 2016.

With this new version, users can now sign up as either an Photo 4individual or as an institution, to showcase and track their work as an NGO, institution, organization, or school. In addition, users can now click on other users’ profile pictures to send a private message in order to find out more about their project. Spanish descriptions have also been added to the new version.

For more information click here.

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